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Feature driven Pattern

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12-28-2010 01:32 PM

Hello,

 

Can we do a Feature driven pattern in Inventor?

 

I dont have any parts to share, but can explain my requirement.

 

I have a assembly file consisting of couple of parts. One of the part is rectangular plate with a several square holes. These In the part level these Sq holes are created using a rectangular pattern.

At the assemb;y level, I want to insert a square plug (plastic Cover) that closes these square holes. I need to know if we can link this pattern to the Original rectangular pattern at the part level.

 

I have used this kind of feature in solidoworks & its called as Feature Driven Pattern. I need to know if this is possible here.

 

If so, It makes it so easy to install these covers to all the holes. & when the original hole pattern changes, the cover pattern automatically updates at the assembly level.

 

Thanks

 

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yes, it works just like SW.

 

Ribbon: Assemble tab ac.menuaro.gifComponent panel ac.menuaro.gifPattern icon_cmd_inv_2dsketch_rectangularpattern_cmd_32x32.png

 

Associative tab

icon_assoc_pattern.png

Selects the feature pattern with which to associate the assembly pattern. Displays feature pattern name in the Feature Pattern Select box. Components are patterned relative to the placement and spacing of the feature pattern. Changes made to the feature pattern automatically update the number and spacing of the components in the assembly pattern. Constraints associated with the patterned component are replicated and honored in the assembly pattern.

 

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Re: Feature driven Pattern

12-28-2010 01:40 PM in reply to: CAD-One

yes, it works just like SW.

 

Ribbon: Assemble tab ac.menuaro.gifComponent panel ac.menuaro.gifPattern icon_cmd_inv_2dsketch_rectangularpattern_cmd_32x32.png

 

Associative tab

icon_assoc_pattern.png

Selects the feature pattern with which to associate the assembly pattern. Displays feature pattern name in the Feature Pattern Select box. Components are patterned relative to the placement and spacing of the feature pattern. Changes made to the feature pattern automatically update the number and spacing of the components in the assembly pattern. Constraints associated with the patterned component are replicated and honored in the assembly pattern.

 

More on patterns

 

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Re: Feature driven Pattern

12-28-2010 01:45 PM in reply to: BMiller63

Thanks a Lot :smileyhappy:

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Re: Feature driven Pattern

12-28-2010 01:45 PM in reply to: CAD-One

You might want to read this document - there is an example of a curve driven Feature Pattern and a subsiquent component pattern in the assembly.

http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/skillsusa%20university.pdf

Tip 46 pg 17

 

 

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12-28-2010 02:04 PM in reply to: JDMather

Awesome. Thanks a lot JD

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Re: Feature driven Pattern

08-31-2011 01:34 PM in reply to: CAD-One

I found this old thread which partly answers to my question:Can I based the "Feature pattern select" on a Hole feature, and not just some array/pattern in the part?

 

Lets say i'm in an assembly, and want to pattern the parts I have (let's say nuts) according to the hole feature of some part, which will position the parts exactly as i need and in the correct QTy.

 

I tried to choose the hole feature but it's not letting me choose that...

 

How do I do that?

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08-31-2011 01:43 PM in reply to: wolf1o

Attach your files here.

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Re: Feature driven Pattern

08-31-2011 01:47 PM in reply to: JDMather

Hi,

 

It will be a problem for me to do it now, I dont think I'm alowed to upload here.

but my question is: Is there a way to pattern components based on a hole feature in a part?  - exactly the way you can do it in Solidworks, and not just according to an existing pattern in a part...

 

Thanks!

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08-31-2011 02:13 PM in reply to: wolf1o

http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Inventor/enu/2012/Help/0073-Autodesk73/0460-Assembli460/0461-Build_as46...

 

See if this helps

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Re: Feature driven Pattern

08-31-2011 02:29 PM in reply to: wolf1o

wolf1o wrote:

I found this old thread which partly answers to my question:Can I based the "Feature pattern select" on a Hole feature, and not just some array/pattern in the part?

 

Lets say i'm in an assembly, and want to pattern the parts I have (let's say nuts) according to the hole feature of some part, which will position the parts exactly as i need and in the correct QTy.

 

I tried to choose the hole feature but it's not letting me choose that...

 

How do I do that?



If I'm understanding you correctly, you don't.  It sounds like you have a single hole feature that creates multiple holes.  That will not work for the Feature Pattern select, because it is not a pattern.  However, if you can instead create your holes by making the first one, and then patterning that hole to create the rest, then it will work.

 

You may also want to look into the Bolted Connection Generator, which I believe would work with your existing situation.

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